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Zero Tolerance?

A report blasts Navy investigators for bungling the Tailhook inquiry

WHEN TALES OF DRUNKEN AVIATORS ASSAULTING women at the Tailhook Association convention became public last year, the Navy professed "zero tolerance" for sexual harassment. But in its review of the Navy's handling of the scandal, the Pentagon last week concluded that senior officers who had conducted the inquiry were more concerned about safeguarding the Navy's reputation and protecting officers than naming names or seeking justice.

At a Pentagon briefing on the report, Acting Navy Secretary Sean O'Keefe announced the early retirement of two senior officers who had been charged with heading the inquiry -- Rear Admiral John Gordon, the Navy's judge...

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